Today’s post on Sunshine Faith: http://sunshinefaith.com/julia-sugarbaker-talks-politics-religion/
View Julia Sugarbaker’s testimony: http://youtu.be/3C_ZsndZ3QI
What does it mean to be liberal, progressive, conservative, traditional, Christian, American, etc.? And do these labels divide us rather than illuminate where we stand and our priorities? The divisiveness these labels create is captured in this clip from “Designing Women.” And even though “Designing Women” was a sitcom from over 20 years ago, that dynamic remains true even today. I believe we can get so caught up in proving how our “Americanness” and “Christianness” is so much better than the other person’s that we fail to address real human problems such as poverty, education and discrimination. We get lost in the rhetoric of demonstrating how our opponents are so un-American or un-Christian that we fail to live into the Gospel’s teachings of justice and service, oftentimes narrowing and confining G-d and justice to the point that they are unreachable and untenable to everyone, including ourselves. Is it possible to move towards an environment where regardless of ideology, we are able to put aside our egos and work towards the betterment and wholeness of society together? What would and could that look like? How can we make that happen?